- Encourage students to use biodegradable, vegetarian or vegan food products (something that grows)
- Ask students to create displays on biodegradable plates or platters so the whole thing can be thrown away (you can’t imagine having to scrap it off in the compost and then wash those glass platters, yuck!)
- If you are making it a competition, have the school vote on their favorite
- Set up a long table outside of your library, cover it with a tablecloth, and encourage classes (and parents) to come check out the work
- Do this in the colder months so it doesn’t get smelly so fast
- Do this as part of an all-school celebration or library-themed week (Homecoming, School Library Month, ect)
- Have creations be depictions of favorite books
That’s right, I’m doing a little happy dance. Well, it’s a rather big happy dance, actually. I’ve been featured! You might have noticed that I recently added to my blog, my Digital Age Teaching badge through Tamritz and was then featured in their newsletter! How exciting!
Tamritz is a digital badge learning network designed by Sarah Blattner, specifically geared towards Jewish day schools. I earned my Digital Age Teaching badge from Tamritz, which included the following badge courses: Learner 2.0, PLNs (Professional & Personal Learning Networks), Digital Citizenship, Create 2.0 and Learning Design. Course participants explore a variety of topics from social bookmarking to netiquette to copyright to game-based learning and beyond (way, way beyond).
Perpetual student, that’s me. Thank goodness there are always ample opportunities to learn cool stuff from cool people.
My 5th through 8th grade students are required to read across a range of genres throughout the year. One genre that always prompts a lot of heel-digging is biographies. Our biography section is… Well, let’s just call it a little “dusty.” It’s not a section that I’m proud of. In an effort to not only help the kids fulfill their requirement, but also get them interested in reading non-fiction, I ordered the complete Who Was series. These short, illustrated biographies are great for my middle grade readers. I found there are a ton of great biographies for children and a ton of great biographies for high schoolers, but the ones in between, fell through the cracks. This series is the perfect supplement.
Best of all, when I delivered them to the 5th grade classroom, they went WILD. Now that’s librarian magic.
Now, I’m not a poet myself. I hated the very idea of poetry. To me, there was no meaning. I never understood it. I never connected with it. Well, perhaps, I was just never presented with the “right” kind of poetry…
Together, with a room full of rough and tough teenagers, stemming from a conversation about our favorite music, we explored the idea of music as poetry. And it changed everything. It opened their eyes to poetry, it opened my mind to poetry and it opened my heart to teaching through understanding, connection and compassion. What sparked it all? Daniel Beaty’s “Knock Knock” piece with Def Jam Poetry. Not song lyrics per say, but powerless, nonetheless.